He was first to test positive for COVID-19 in Pasco County: His experience with hydroxychloroquine
Doesn’t work is it safe doctors are trying to answer those questions
Right now about the controversial malaria drug that’s being touted by the president and governor Ron de Santis as a potential treatment for coronavirus
clinical trials are happening right now but just today we learned a small study in Brazil had to be stopped early after a group of COVID patients developed dangerous heart rhythm issues
The New York Times reports that trial involved high doses of chloroquine which is related to hydroxychloroquine night sighs Joshua door wood spoke to Pasco County’s first covid19 patient about his experience after being prescribed that drug by his doctor
Gene de La Silla was the first person at Pasco County to test positive for COVID 19 on March 11th it has been a battle the better part of the past month still struggled with symptoms his doctor prescribed hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin at antibiotic about two weeks ago
the initial side effects he says were not pleasant severe headache too but he never experienced heart issues he opted to stick to a lower dose to be safe plus the antibiotic and slowly his symptoms did start improving there’s a correlation
I have theories I think it took me over 30 days and it was still testing positive and then all of a sudden I started taking these two drugs and it, not the viral load down low enough for me to test negative
but he is not endorsing the drug in large part because he wasn’t directly regularly monitored by his doctor, but he is hopeful for others
I can’t say definitively that this was my wonder drug what happened with me is definitely not sight it has no scientific rigor I mean in reality every other drug that we’ve prescribed for a condition has gone through the breaker of you know FDA testing so I think it is important but at the same time we’re at an impasse here of finding treatments to help evil
gene says that he was tested today he’s hoping to get a second negative test back before the end of the week so he can be sure that he’s truly clear meantime the governor is awaiting a shipment of 1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine that is expected to arrive this week
Week after week battling symptoms, with test after test coming back positive, Gene DellaSala says he was becoming desperate.
“When does this end for me,” DellaSala remembered thinking. The father of two was the first person in Pasco County to test positive for COVID-19.
That was on March 11.
DellaSala has been quarantined inside a room of his home ever since, cut off from his wife and daughters. On his YouTube channel where he normally posts tech reviews, he’s been sharing his experience recovering from the virus.
His symptoms, he says, persisted for weeks on end. His test results consistently returned positive results. He believes his “Patient Zero” status is why he was so regularly tested and received the attention he did from local health officials.
His doctor prescribed hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, an antibiotic, about two weeks ago.